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Drunk History: The South Pole….

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Drunk History: The South Pole from sandwichgirl on Vimeo.

As many of my loyal followers know, Martina and I spent the summer 2004/5 season in Antarctica (visit our posts beginning here).  This year is the 100th anniversary of the race to the South Pole by Amundsen and Scott.  Here is a spoof video made by some of the people we worked with 6 years ago (Ben and Sandwich are two).  To those who have a passion for Antarctica history or have visited there, I think you will enjoy.  Here is the direct Vimeo link:


North to Alaska

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Our trip north was thought to be peaceful with following seas, an extra two weeks of cruising with no deadlines. Weather was blustery with storms every other day and beam seas. We encountered 2 1/2 meter seas in Queen Charlotte Sound but made it to safe anchorage after a long day of tacking into Fitz Hugh Sound and beyond to Shearwater. Moorage was $60/night so we dropped our 500# anchor in 30 feet of water.


Continuing up the coast we observed whales, porpoise and beautiful scenery as shown above. We arrived in Ketchikan with strong NW-erlies which prevented our continuation north to Petersburg. Fine with us…..perfect 90 degree weather so we hike about and waited until winds calmed down and we could enter Clarence Straits–only 90 miles to Petersburg. Here Martina and Marion show off the Bavarian flag on the bridge…..


Finally, we arrived in Petersburg–our future home–after a 13 hour 9 knot flood tide and ran the “narrows” against the ebb at 4.6 knots. It was a pleasure to arrive back to “home” in beautiful Petersburg with the Devils Thumb glowing in the afternoon sun. Stay tuned……we begin clinic this week in Yakutat.

Back to Seattle!!!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

Finally, we’re reunited with our tug Katahdin. Before Martina flies off to Alaska for a quick month’s work, we tow the “Kat” past her humble beginnings–the Foss Shipyards and tie her up at the best little shipyard in Seattle–Bakketun and Thomas Boat Comany below the Ballard Bridge.


We will spend about 7 weeks for refit–installing a new forward stateroom and doing routine maintenance. After Martina flies to Alaska to work a month, I role up my sleeves and get to work building the winter tarp frame…..

This tarp will help preserve our winter home in Petersburg Alaska. We are also re-doing our forward main-deck stateroom in cherry wood beveled paneling and refinishing the 106 year old fir flooring:


The work is hard but it’s still cheaper than psychotherapy and the Seattle sunsets get better by the day as the sun climbs again upward toward summer–our third in a row with Antarctica behind us. A view out the galley door:

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Of course, there is always a little time to “smell the flowers” during a weekend trip north to the Skagit Valley–the world’s riches famlands–for the annual tulip harvest….


Our trip north to Petersburg will begin June 1 with an all-German crew (except the eccentric Norwegian captain, of course).

Note our new front page and new address in Petersburg, Alaska–(Box 341. Stay tuned……